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The 2018 Etape route has been announced and will take place between Annecy and Le Grand Bornand. The route is 170km long with a total elevation of 4,000m.
We can guarantee your entry to the Etape and accommodation. Our hotels are superbly located for the starting pens and pricing is below.
British Cycling say: The climbing is tough so don’t go too hard too quickly. Check out our advice on pacing a sportive. 
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We can tailor this trip to meet your requirements. If you are looking for a different duration, itinerary or other services please enquire today and get a truly unique experience.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHT WHAT WE LOVE

The Etape is the daddy of sportives, the godfather of them all and what a ride you have in store for 2018. The event village of Annecy is one of the most beautiful in the Haute Savoie and our hotels are superbly positioned in Annecy and on the east side of the lake in Talloires. You are either by the start or no more than a 10km ride to the starting pens (mostly flat). The sportive is 170km taking in the behemoths of the Col de la Croix Fry and the Col de La Colombiere. With over 4000m of climbing as well as a gravel section of road thrown in, this is going to be one of the best rides on the 2018 calendar. Book now as we have limited availability. See our options and pricing below.
DAY 1Arrival - Friday 6 July 2018

Arrive into Geneva and Love Velo will pick you up from the airport if you choose one of our transfers. Alternatively, you can drive to our accommodation in Annecy or Talloires.

DAY 2Explore the Etape Village - Saturday 7 July 2018

Today is a day to enjoy the special atmosphere of the Etape. Go for a spin to get the legs moving if you fancy it and make your way to the village in Annecy to pick up your bib number and enjoy t...Show More

DAY 3Etape du Tour - Sunday 8 July 2018

Ride Day! After a healthy, nutritious and filling breakfast, suitable for your challenge, you will ride to the start. If you are staying in Annecy, the starting grid...Show More

DAY 4Departure - Monday 9 July 2018

After a leisurely breakfast, you can either make your own way back to the airport or take one of our transfers if you have booked on to it.

AREA
INFORMATION

The Col de la Colombiere is the battleground for this year's Etape. The ride starts in the beautiful lake town of Annecy, across 170km of awe inspiring cycling terrain and includes a gravel road section. With 4,000m of climbing, this is one epic event.

Weather
INFORMATION

The weather should be good at this time of year but it's important to remember to pack for all eventualities, especially as the race begins early in the morning and finished on a climb. 

PACKAGE DETAILS MORE INFORMATION

This package will include 3 night's (half board) at a great 3* hotel on the shores of Lake Annecy. The hotel offers superb views of the lake with a private beach area to relax before and after your ride. Event entry is included with the package, as are transfers from the finish, back to the hotel at the end of the event. There is also the option to add return transfers from either Geneva or Lyon airport. The price for these transfers are £100 per person.


Standard Room -  Street view - £845 twin or £1,185 single occupancy 
Superior -    Room with mountain or garden view - £925 twin or £1,345 single occupancy 
Comfort -     Room with mountain or garden view - £945 twin or £1,425 single occupancy 
Family Comfort - Room with mountain or garden view - £1,025 twin or £1,545 single occupancy 
Privilege -  Room with Balcony, terrace or garden and view of lake - £1,095 twin or £1,695 single occupancy 

 
This package will include 3 night's (bed and breakfast) at a great 3* hotel on the shores of Lake Annecy. The hotel offers superb views of the lake with a swimming pool and poolside bar. Event entry is included with the package, as are transfers from the finish, back to the hotel at the end of the event. There is also the option to add return transfers from either Geneva or Lyon airport. The price for these transfers are £100 per person.

Small Room -    Room with shower only - £525 twin or £735 single occupancy
Standard Room -  Room with mountain/village view - £595 twin or £845 single occupancy
Standard Room -  Room with garden view - £615 twin or £915 single occupancy
Standard Room -  Room with lake view - £625 twin or £995 single occupancy
Junior Suite -   Room with view over the lake - £790 twin or £1,245 single occupancy
 
This package will include 3 night's (self catering) at a luxury apartment in the centre of Annecy, 4 minutes walk from the beach. It is equipped with a small sauna, flatscreen tv, coffee machine, fully equipped kitchen, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer with a beuatiful interior fit out. Event entry is included with the package, as are transfers from the finish, back to the hotel at the end of the event. There is also the option to add return transfers from Geneva airport. The price for these transfers are £100 per person.
The apartment is made up as follows:

Bedroom 1 - Double Bed
Bedroom 2 - Double Bed
Bedroom 3 - Double Bed
Bedroom 4 - Twin Bed
Living Room - Sofa Bed

The pricing is based on 6 pax but we can increase to a maximum of 10 on request.

 
This package will include 3 night's (self catering) at a luxury apartment in the centre of Annecy, 5 minutes walk from the beach. It is equipped with a small sauna and hot tub, flatscreen tv, Xbox 360, fully equipped kitchen, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer with a beuatiful interior fit out. Event entry is included with the package, as are transfers from the finish, back to the hotel at the end of the event. There is also the option to add return transfers from Geneva airport. The price for these transfers are £100 per person.

The apartment is made up as follows:

Bedroom 1 - 4 single beds
Bedroom 2 - Double Bed

The pricing is based on 5 pax but we can increase to a maximum of 6 on request.

 
This package will include 3 night's (self catering) at a luxury apartment in the centre of Annecy, 5 minutes walk from the beach. It is equipped with a small sauna and hot tub, flatscreen tv, Xbox 360, fully equipped kitchen, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer with a beuatiful interior fit out. Event entry is included with the package, as are transfers from the finish, back to the hotel at the end of the event. There is also the option to add return transfers from Geneva airport. The price for these transfers are £100 per person.

The apartment is made up as follows:

Bedroom 1 - 2 separate sofa beds and double bed
Bedroom 2 - Double Bed
Bedroom 3 - Double Bed
Bedroom 4 - Double Bed
Living Room - Sofa Bed

The pricing is based on 7 pax but we can increase to a maximum of 12 on request.

 
This package will include 3 night's (bed and breakfast) at a centrally located 3* hotel in Annecy city centre. The hotel offers easy access to the start line. Event entry is included with the package, as are transfers from the finish, back to the hotel at the end of the event. There is also the option to add return transfers from Geneva airport. The price for these transfers are £100 per person.

Twin/Double -   Standard Room - £510

 
Race entry is £150 if you haven't already purchased it.
 
The sportive finishes in Le Grand Bornand which is 30km from Annecy. We will be running transfers from the finish line back to Annecy or Talloires at the end of the event so that you don't have to cycle the 30km back to your hotel from the finish.
 
We will be running airport transfers from Geneva and these can be booked separately for £100 per person.
 
Travel to France is not included.
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. Please note that sportives can often be classed as races by insurers and so you need to ensure you are covered to race. The insurance should also as a minimum cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.